OCB Partners

We are pleased to have many not-for-profit organizations and associations that support and promote Ontario Craft Beer, not only here in Ontario, but also around the world. 

AMI

Agri-food Management Institute (AMI)

The Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) is dedicated to promoting new ways of thinking about agri-food business management.

They develop business management tools, information, resources, and training for Ontario's agri-food and agri-based producers, processors, and their business advisors. They also create links to existing resources and conduct research for the industry.

Their mission is to help people like you meet your business goals. AMI is funded through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

BLOOM Sustainability Applied

BLOOM

BLOOM has been working with the OCB to develop an online platform that allows brewers to better manage one of their most important assets — water. The platform offers brewers a one-stop guide to the ins and outs of water management. The platform is called Water & Beer; it uses a hands-on approach to identify opportunities and promote the adoption of sustainable practices that are practical and affordable.

BLOOM is a trusted go-to authority on environmentally sustainable industry practices that connect social responsibility with business success to create vibrant and thriving communities across Ontario.

Brewers Association | A Passionate Voice for Brewers

Brewers Association | A Passionate Voice for Brewers

The Brewers Association is the largest organization of brewers in the United States. More than 1,000 brewery members and 19,000 American Homebrewers Association members join to form the Brewers Association. The Brewers Association shares industry information and resources with the Ontario Craft Brewers.

Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI)

Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI)

Canadian malting barley is known around the world for its high quality. Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI) supports this leadership position by helping to ensure new Canadian malting barley varieties are better for growers and meet the premium standards of BMBRI members and their customers.

CASK! is a group of people dedicated to raising awareness of local cask conditioned ale and to promote it to a wider audience.

Cask!

CASK! is a group of people dedicated to raising awareness of local cask conditioned ale and to promote it to a wider audience. CASK! seeks to improve the availability, selection and quality of cask ale in Toronto, and ultimately across Ontario. They host a number of events thoroughout Ontario and are happy to tell you "Why Cask Ale?"

Culinary Tourism Association

Culinary Tourism Alliance

The Culinary Tourism Alliance is a not-for-profit devoted to connecting taste-makers, sharing their stories, and sparking delicious developments in culinary tourism. By bridging the gap between the food and travel industries, the CTA is strengthening the links between the viticulture, agriculture, aquaculture sectors to the hospitality sector to promote the growth of food tourism. Their work lies in developing strong relationships between growers, chefs, processors, restaurateurs, accommodation providers, distributors, government and industry organizations. But above all, the CTA acts as the leading voice to share Ontario's culinary stories with passion and pride.

Run for farmers by farmers, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the voice of Canadian dairy farmers.

Dairy Farmers of Canada

Run for farmers by farmers, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the voice of Canadian dairy farmers. DFC is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada's farmers living on 12,746 dairy farms. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farmers and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Drinks Ontario

Drinks Ontario

Bringing a dynamic and world-class assortment of beverage alcohol products to market through a provincial monopoly retailer is complicated. An agent's job is to find those products and negotiate them into that marketplace.

Drinks Ontario's members – agents, suppliers and manufacturers of beverage alcohol – have many different needs, but very similar business goals. And one major stakeholder: the LCBO. Since 1958, the mandate of Drinks Ontario has been to inform, support and advocate for its members with industry and government. In the world of beverage alcohol, we offer a credible voice on trade, regulatory and policy issues, and we're experts in product trends.

Durham College Siebel Institute Brewing Certificate Program

Durham College Siebel Institute Brewing Certificate Program

Through an exclusive partnership for Ontario, Durham College (DC) is now delivering craft brewing courses created by the Chicago-based Siebel Institute of Technology, North America's oldest and most prestigious brewing school. Designed to equip brewers from across Ontario and beyond with the additional knowledge and skills needed to further advance the quality, consistency and food safety of their product, these courses will enable individuals aspiring to build their career in Canada's craft brewing industry to learn from master brewers and other experts in the industry, while studying a range of topics in the state-of-the-art learning environment offered by DC's Whitby campus.

Courses include: Sensory Analysis for Flavour Production and Control; Brewing Microbiology; and Basics of Commercial Brewing. When completed, participants will have a better understanding of brewing standards, best practices and the foundation needed to make and sell great beer. Certificates of participation will be issued for each course.

EMC (Excellence In Manufacturing Consortium)

EMC (Excellence In Manufacturing Consortium)

EMC (Excellence In Manufacturing Consortium) offers Consortium Members a broad range of services and programs to help them become more competitive. Their investment is returned in lower costs, better opportunities to compete for business and lower stress in dealing with the day-to-day complexities of running a manufacturing operation. For more than a quarter century EMC has been responsible for contributing significant knowledge, expertise and resources towards the success of over 5,000 consortium and online member manufacturers, representing every province across Canada. EMC's total manufacturing audience includes 40,000+ employers and 600,000 manufacturing employees. EMC has grown to become Canada's largest manufacturing consortium and with over one thousand industry events annually, is one of the most active manufacturing organizations in North America.

Niagara College

Niagara College

Niagara College is home to Canada’s first teaching brewery and commercial teaching winery, along with a world-renowned full-service teaching restaurant that focuses on local and seasonal cuisine. The Niagara College, Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre offers a full suite of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new products and processes from new recipe development to shelf-life testing and regulatory assistance.

The OCB have collaborated with the CFWI Innovation Centre to produce a reference/resource manual that will assist brewers in providing consistent, flavour stable beer to further markets over an extended time period.

Ontario Craft Beer Tours from the OGTC

Ontario Craft Brewery Tours

Ontario Craft Brewery Tours offers daily tours to craft breweries in the Greater Toronto Area, Niagara On The Lake, and Guelph Area. Behind the scene tours include return transportation to downtown Toronto, driver/guide, tour of one brewery (often with a brewery owner), plentiful samples at each stop and a pub lunch on the day tours. The Ultimate Canadian Craft Beer Experience is an Ontario and Canadian Signature Experience, the only craft brewery tour of its kind in Canada. Private, custom group tours are also available.

Email Ontario Craft Brewery Tours tours@bell.net or call 416 527 2362 or 1 855 277 5757 for more information.

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Ontario Hops Growers' Association

Ontario Hops Growers' Association

The OHGA is a not-for-profit association of hop growers, families and enthusiasts who are interested in supporting the growth of the hop industry in Ontario. Their mission is to support the development of the hop industry in this province by:

  • Acting as a central voice for hop growers in Ontario
  • Being an advocacy group for commercial growers in the province to to both brewing and government interests
  • Promoting hop-growing fundamentals through education, research and development
  • Supporting the promotion and marketing of high quality eastern hops

Visit the Minsitry of Economic Trade and Development website

Ontario Ministry of Economic Trade and Development

Through its Ontario Craft Brewers Opportunity Fund, a four year program intended to support the continued growth and development of craft beer manufacturers in Ontario, the Minsitry encourages craft beer manufacturers to undertake new or expanded activities to grow their business and be more competitive in the craft beer industry.

OMHMA

Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA)

The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) is the largest provincial hospitality association in Canada. With over 4,000 members, representing more than 11,000 establishments across the province, the ORHMA is uniquely positioned to represent the issues that most impact your business.

Provision Coalition

Provision Coalition

Provision Coalition is Canada's premier food and beverage manufacturer sustainability organization. At Provision, the latest sustainability advances, resources and solutions are shared with food and beverage businesses across the country. With our 12 provincial and national agri-food association members including Ontario Craft Brewers, we are committed to reducing the food and beverage manufacturing sector's environmental footprint, improving employment culture and strengthening business competitiveness. Global challenges including the reduction of food waste + loss and responsible sourcing are our priorities. To learn more about Provision's online Sustainability Management System and how our work is benefitting communities visit www.provisioncoalition.com

Small Change Fund

Small Change Fund

Small Change Fund is the only crowdfunding platform for community-led environmental initiatives in Canada.

With less than 1% of funding in Canada going to community groups, Small Change Fund helps Canadians invest in local actions that make a difference for the planet.

Small Change Fund bridges the gap between those who can offer support and community groups that need support to build more sustainable communities, preserve biodiversity, protect our watersheds and gain a voice in their own future.

Email Small Change Fund aisling@smallchangefund.org or call 416-519-1260 to learn how you can support local projects in your community.